disaster vernacular : structural tactility
term | FALL 2009 critic | Sean Lally and Michael Robinson school | Rice University collaborator | Alicia Cerna
site | downtown Houston program | housing development
Weather conditions are one of the many factors in determining building construction and design techniques and strategies. The consciousness of these conditions are important to Houston because of the frequency of severe weather. Therefore, the design intention was to create a structure that could deal specifically and competently with the hot and wet climate of the Gulf Coast city. This required a design that strengthened structure to better withstand heave rain and wind loads. However, the most obvious answer being the conventional bunker would not satisfy a revolutionary spatial experience.
The second, and more experimental intention was to explore the interpretation of space. To fight the conventional bunker urge the efforts were focused on making a light structure.